Editing

AAAAH! That will teach me. I thought the proof of my book was ready for printing but NO WAY. After three goes at editing it myself, one beta reader and two more proof readings I thought I’d got it right. It isn’t enough!

My problem is my poor typing skills. I may have found all the spelling errors but I still don’t leave spaces in the right place, especially when I put dialogue within the text, rather than starting a new line.

‘Good morning,’ he said.’I hope you are well?’ should be – ‘Good morning,’ he said. ‘I hope you are well?’ It doesn’t show in this font but it does in more old fashioned ones. That’s a whole book I’ve got to change! My fault for trying to get up to date.

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Image hunting

Finding images for book covers is getting more complicated. I keep seeing the ones I want but they are either in landscape format, which won’t work for a book cover or they are houses for sale and I don’t know if I have permission to use them!

I have saved some on Google and will try to find a way to collect and save them without having to make a purchase, but I need to show them to other people so I need to be able to send them.

I’m going to try to find oneĀ  now and see if it will go on here. Am I allowed, I wonder?

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Proof reading

I know, ‘Never Proof Read Your Own Work!’ but when the manuscript has an error on almost every page one has to. Most of my mistakes are spacing errors because of my lazy typing but there are places where I should have used contractions, especially in dialogue and there are times when I have called someone by the wrong name ( unforgivable!)

Anyway, the first draft of the next novel is complete so I’m transferring all the corrections from the manuscript to the computer.

I still haven’t found a cover picture I like, although there are a few possibles.

All planning now in hand for the Southern Book Show on March 4th. All previous books will be for sale but mainly’ A Lesson for the Teacher’ as it has a wider appeal than just Worthing. All I need is lots of readers who remember the 1960’s!

One for writers

Double speech marks or single? I have noticed recently that double speech marks seem to be out of favour but I always used to use them so that singles could be kept for internalĀ  thought.

The fourth story in the ‘Lane’ series has come to a natural end and is rather short. Should I leave it or try to add a couple of chapters?

As my style is very like ‘soaps’ on TV it is full of action and dialogue and I have tried my best to introduce description where it is necessary but I am not a literary writer and quite like the way people say they can finish a book in a few hours.It shows they find it difficult to put it down once they have started.

Anyway, now comes the part I don’t like – going through as an editor looking for errors. I’ll ask one of the sea scribes to beta read it before I send it to be printed. I’ve a new idea for the cover so that’s the fun to come!

More research

Checking on locations from a computer is so much easier that going there. I am noted for setting my novels in Sussex, even if I don’t name the streets or buildings but this next book is set all over the country and I haven’t the time or money to go to every place.

Thanks to the internet I can view the settings I want to use and even get reviews so I can get a real feel for each place. I have been viewing pictures of Cornwall and it makes one want to visit, it looks so beautiful. The only time I usually look at photos is when I’m choosing a book cover but I haven’t decided what to put on the cover of this one yet. I’m only 15000 words in! I saved a picture but now I can’t find it to add to the post.

Another time, perhaps!

Muddled thinking

See what a dental appointment did to me! ‘A picture tells a thousand words ‘ does it? Not when you can’t tell the difference between a paperclip and a chain. Of course I have been using a paperclip to attach things. It was the chain I hadn’t found a use for. Now I know it means ‘links’ I’ll have to experiment some more.

Yesterday was such a gloomy day and I am terrified of the dentist. No reason, she’s very sweet but I have had bad experiences in the past. Anyway, I was due for a filling in the afternoon and I should have kept away from the computer until it was all over. Now it is, and it didn’t hurt a bit, I can get back to writing and perhaps learn more as I go along.

I did ‘share’ with twitter for a while but it was too personal so I stopped.What I need to do is find some fellow writers and eager readers who might like some of what I write.The people I follow are such an inspiration and I feel I can’t be as interesting but I’ll keep trying.bookwormclipart

Research

I used to say I didn’t have to do research for my novels. They were all based on personal experience- places I had been, people I knew, situations that I was familiar with or news from the papers or TV. However, this book is different. My characters are travelling to places I have never seen, along routes I have never travelled. How accurate do I have to be?

In order to make it as realistic as possible I have been using a route planner on the computer. It tells me the route, the mileage, how long the journey takes and the service stations along the way. That was my first piece of research.

Then I wanted to know how much a house would cost in Italy – so I Googled some. If I had been a genuine purchaser I would have had a terrific choice ( if money was no object!)

There are documents I need to know about and dates I need to check but, at last, the computer is more than a word processor and a very useful tool for research.